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Atheist Guitar Lovers

Do you play guitar? Even if you're not the next Jimi Hendrix and just play guitar for recreation and enjoyment only, this is a group for those of us in TA who speak guitar.

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Favorite Guitarists

Started by A. T. Heist Aug 20. 0 Replies

Here are a few of my faves (living and non), in no particular order:Frank ZappaAdrian BelewJohn PetrucciLes PaulPhil Keaggy (yeah, I know he's a Christian musician, but he's a hell of a…Continue

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Comment by Unseen on April 14, 2013 at 11:01pm

If you want to talk about the current reigning master of electric guitar, by which I mean someone who knows how to incorporate every aspect of the instrument into a song, using all the controls creatively, it has to be Jeff Beck. In Cause We Ended As Lovers, he doesn't play particularly fast, which gives you a chance to observe his technique, BTW, you'll soon be asking "Who is that tiny little chick playing bass?" It's Tal Wilkenfeld.

Comment by Unseen on April 12, 2013 at 4:05pm

I have to say that, without the Squier logo on the headstock and on the back where the neck attaches, you'd never know from looking at it that it's not a real Fender strat. 

It was mostly set up well, except that I couldn't get the B string properly intonated, so I took it to a local guitar store and paid $20 to have it tuned up. I also paid to have some proper Slinky strings put on in place of the who-knows-what strings it came with. They might have been part of the problem.

Now I'm waiting for Peavey to start shipping their Vypyr VIP line so I can get the 20W model. Then I'll be all set for a while.

Comment by Unseen on April 11, 2013 at 5:13pm

My Squier VM Surf Strat arrived this afternoon. Some pics:

Comment by Unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:50pm

This guy has tons of videos on Youtube. He is one of the most opinionated reviewers I've ever seen. Here he is talking about low-end guitars. Basically, SX guitars are okay. The rest suck. And that includes Fender and Gibson (the worst in his view).

Comment by Unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:10pm

@RobertPiano  Ostentatious! I've been playing since the '60's (my first guitar was homemade, and I was about 15 at the time so...about 1961!). I grew up with rock. Elvis burst on the scene when I was about 6. 

I've never been very good on guitar. I'm more of a guitar collector than anything. LOL

Comment by Unseen on April 9, 2013 at 7:25pm

The next guitar (or TYPE of guitar) I have a hard-on for is something Mosrite-like. (I grew up playing The Ventures.) The actual Mosrite brand is owned by Ed Roman, a very opinionated guy who has a fabulous guitar store in Las Vegas (be sure to visit it if you're in Vegas...I don't think there's another guitar shop like it anywhere else). 

I'm sure his Mosrites are great guitars because he's obviously a purist, but I've never (and likely never will) pay in the thousands of dollars for a guitar. For one thing I'm not good enough to justify such a guitar. I've done very will with sub-$500 guitars my entire life and unless I win the lottery, that is my price range. i've found that just because a guitar isn't expensive doesn't mean it's a bad product.

I owned an Eastwood Sidejack in the honey blonde color a few years back, and it sounded great but wouldn't stay in tune if you used the tremolo that was mounted on it at that time (similar to a Bigsby but different). Not only did it sound great, but it was big. It wouldn't fit in my hardshell guitar case that could handle all of my other guitars. 

Right now, I'm thinking in terms of the Eastwood Hi-Flyer Phase 4 or one of the Wilson Guitar Ventures Mosrite-style guitars. Here's a Hi-Flyer:

Comment by _Robert_ on April 9, 2013 at 7:19pm

Nice Strat, Unseen. Dig that color. Need a bassist? Been playing since the 70's. Besides this special edition modern Gibson I have a mint '76 Thunderbird and a '75 Fender Precision.

Comment by Unseen on April 9, 2013 at 6:59pm

After much hemming and hawing, I'm buying my first actual Stratocaster. It should arrive in the next few days. Maybe I'll be sorry I did this, but instead of ordering a more bread-and-butter model, I ordered the Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster  (about $275 from Amazon). 

Other than the sweet Sea Green color, the first two things you'll notice are the lipstick-style pickups (Seymour Duncan design) and the white "pearloid" pickguard.

It's been very well reviewed, which played a big role in the choice. A reviewer said it sounds like a Strat but just a little different, which has me a bit worried, but how can I not like a guitar that looks good enough to eat like this one?

When I first started looking into Strats, I avoided the Squier sub-brand, but the more I read the more I found that the quality has been upgraded drastically over the years, and while they are inexpensive they don't really live up to the "budget" label in quality terms. 

Upgrades? Maybe some Grover tuners and a dark green pearloid pickguard. I don't see any reason to mess with the pickups, since they more or less define this instrument.

Knowing that Amazon so often exceeds their predicted delivery dates, I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up Thursday or Friday, Monday at the latest.

I'll snap a couple photos when it arrives.

Comment by Gary Bergeron on April 1, 2013 at 11:37pm

Albert Lee! Forgot about him! He smokes the frets, also was part of Emmy Lou Harris' band way back when. Hard-to-fill shoes on that guy's feet!

Thanks for the mental nudge, Unseen, Bedtime, early work tomorrow...

Comment by Unseen on April 1, 2013 at 11:27pm

Paisley is good. Lots of fantastic country pickers. Not my style of music, but I love to see a great country player play guitar. Ever seen Albert Lee? If not, check him out on Youtube here with Danny Gatton and Vince Gill:

 

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